July 18th Points to Ponder

Jephthah – Don’t Give Up

Judges 11:1 to 8, 29 Vs. 29

“Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites.”

A major problem occurs, or an opportunity for God and for Jephthah.

God can change a life.

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

How could such a misfit be chosen to lead Israel? Only by God's grace. Only by the power of God.

He is the one who shapes the clay.

He is the one who cleans the vessel.

He is the one who wipes away the stains of yesterday and helps build a new tomorrow.

God cleans us up by taking our sins away and forgiving them. He removes the power of sin over us and makes us into new creations.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Don’t Give Up on Yourself

"There is not an achievement worth remembering that isn't stained with the blood of diligence and etched with the scars of disappointment. “

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” - Nelson Mandela.

Do Not Give Up

If you keep on going

And never stop,

You can keep on going,

You can make it to the top.

Life is full of mountains,

Some are big and some are small,

But if you trust in Jesus

You can overcome them all.

So, keep on going

Try not to stop,

Keep trusting in Jesus

And make it to the top.

2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

"The person who succeeds is not the one who holds back, fearing failure, nor the one who never fails. but it is the one who moves on in spite of failure.“

Teddy Roosevelt believed that, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs (even though checkered by failure), than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

"Failures are only temporary tests to prepare us for permanent triumphs."

Luke 18:1 “[Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that] they should always pray and not give up.”

Romans 12:11 – 12 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

No matter the situation, don't give up. God can use you.

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all” - Dale Carnegie.

2 Corinthians 4:8 – 9

“We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not in despair. Persecuted, but not abandoned. Struck down, but not destroyed.”